Monday, March 24, 2014

MMGM - What the Moon Said

Today is Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.
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What The Moon Said
by Gayle Rosengren
2014 G.P. Putnam's Sons

 

I love historical fiction and after reading the info about it on the Jacket Flap, I suspicioned I would enjoy this book. And, don't you just love the cover?

I fell in love with the ten year old character, Esther. This story takes place during the depression. Her pa loses his job and she and her family leave Chicago and move to a farm in Wisconsin. In Esther's words, they are like pioneers. They had no electricity and no bathroom. But she did get a best friend and a dog named Mickey.

Her mother is very superstitious about everything. Or should I say, very very superstitious. She forbids her to see her new friend because she says she is marked by angry fairies.

The thing Esther longs for most is for her mother to tell her she loves her and to give her a hug, which she has never gotten. But, in the end she realizes:
     Love was actions more than words. And not just easy actions like hugs and kisses. It was the hard ones, like sticking by someone in bad times, not just in good. It was working for them, even when you were tired. It was putting their needs first, even before your own. It was taking care of them when they were sick. It was forgiving them when they disappointed you. It was protecting them and teaching them. It was all the things Ma had always done for Ester.

If you like historical fiction, I recommend this book!


14 comments:

  1. Yes, I do love the cover. Your review also made it sound like I would love this book, too. Thanks for featuring.

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    1. Hi Greg. Thanks for coming over and commenting. I think you'll like it.

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  2. This is on my to-read list, and I'm sure I'll want it for my hardcover library, too. :-)

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    1. Hi Barbara. I hope you get it. It's a beautiful book, inside and out.

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  3. Historical fiction is something I've grown into these last few years and now really enjoy, especially books about the Depression, for some reason. Moon Over Manifest is my favorite. Maybe there's something about having the word Moon in the title...

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    1. Hi Joanne. I think you'll like this one. I like titles with moon in them, too.

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  4. Oh I love, love, this book! And every time I see someone share it I'm super happy. :)

    ~Akoss

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    1. Thanks! I just love, love it, too!

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  5. I hadn't heard of this one. It does have a great cover!

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    1. Hi Michelle. If you happen onto it, give it a read. I think you'll like it.

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  6. Love historical fiction! Sounds good.

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    1. I love historical fiction, too! Hope you get to read it.

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  7. I love HF and this cover is just so beautiful! I have added this one to my list because I really want to read Ester's story and find out what happens to her. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. Oh, I hope you get to read it, it is really good. I'm sure you'll love it.

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